UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs News

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs News

August

August 03, 2010
With the November elections steadily approaching, Proposition 23 seeks to kill California's cap-and-trade system set to take hold in 2011. The proposition will directly undo the cap-and-trade plans for environmental sustainability in California as a means of seeking economic growth. Known as Assembly Bill 32 ("AB 32"), the plan will now face tough opposition from Proposition 23 and its backers, which include the oil industry.
August 02, 2010
Luskin Scholar Matthew Kahn’s study─ showing how energy conservation incentives can sometimes ironically lead to greater consumption─ caught the attention of a range of mainstream media outlets. "Nudges Gone Wrong" was a typical headline about it. Most recently, his study was featured on the American Public Media radio program Marketplace. The “Marketplace” story describes how Dr. Kahn and Dr. Dora Costa analyzed a group of utility customers who were getting regular notices from their power company comparing their energy use with similar households.
August 02, 2010
A New York Times article featured Chancellor Emeritus and Public Policy Professor Albert Carnesale, who recently published an alarming report with the National Research Council.  The National Research Council functions under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of  Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine.  The research looked at the decreasing ability to trace nuclear materials following a terrorist attack in the United States.

July

July 19, 2010
In the July 16 edition of The Los Angeles Times, Professor Mark Kleiman explains legal and market-based reasons why the legalization and taxation of marijuana won't be an answer to the state's budget shortfall.
July 07, 2010
Professor of public policy Arleen Leibowitz celebrated her retirement at a reception this past May that included remarks from her colleagues and friends throughout UCLA.  Many shared fond remembrances of Leibowitz's scholarship, her generosity with colleagues, and her accomplishments during her years as chair of the Department of Public Policy, including Prof. Daniel Mitchell, who could not attend in person, but sent his written comments to be read:
July 06, 2010
KPCC’s Crawford Family Forum in Pasadena, held on June 16, 2010, discussed the possible legalization of marijuana for recreational use—an issue that will come up before voters on this November’s California ballot.  The discussion, moderated by KPCC’s Larry Mantle, brought together the following speakers who hold views on both sides of the upcoming ballot measure:• Hon. Jim Gray, Judge of the Superior Crt. (ret.) -- Pro Initiative

June

June 30, 2010
On NPR’s Morning Edition, Ari Shapiro interviews Amy Zegart on the value of presidential commissions, especially under the Obama administration.
June 29, 2010
Could the counter-narcotics efforts of U.S. forces and their allies in Afghanistan actually make the insurgency worse? 
June 21, 2010
Four big California public employee unions -- including firefighters and highway patrol officers -- would roll back their pensions under a deal struck this week with the governor. The compromise comes at a time when public sector unions are increasingly under pressure to make sacrifices to help state and local governments balance their budgets.  KQED's Forum with Michael Krasny hosted Professor Daniel J.B.

March

March 24, 2010
 Professor Mark Peterson of the Department of Public Policy provided analysis of the historic passage of the week's health care reform bill; he was featured on "Midmorning" with Kerri Miller on Minnesota Public Radio (along with David Drucker, staff writer for Roll Call; and Terry O'Neill, president of the National Organization for Women).The following is an excerpt from the hour-long program: